Here’s how snowboarding became one of the crowd’s most popular Olympic sport. As far as Olympic sports go, snowboarding is still young. It first made its Olympic debut back in 1998 — competitions didn’t really even exist until the 1980s. Snowboarding evolved differently on both coasts — early competitions on the East Coast focused on racing but out West, the sport took inspiration from Skateboarding.
The first snowboarding halfpipe was built in California in 1983. The 1998 Nagano games is when snowboarding made Olympic history, with the Halfpipe and Giant slalom events. And from there, it continued to grow in popularity. In 2006, Snowboard Cross was added to the event list and Slopestyle premiered in 2014. Now, the 2018 games will debut yet another brand new snowboarding event called “Big Air” which sort of entails exactly what its title mentions.
The first day of Olympic snowboarding started on February 10th, and was obviously as thrilling as ever. Athletes like Shaun White helped bolster the sport’s popularity at the games in the past. Now, athletes like Mark McMorris and Chloe Kim and are re-solidifying fans' fervor for the sport with their impressive tricks. At this point, we couldn’t imagine the winter games without it.